Princeton, NJ – On a warm, humid night in Princeton, New Jersey, some of the top athletes of the Williams track and field team took to the oval to compete against competition from across divisions. The Ephs had eight men represent them and each one gave it their all against competitive fields.
Steve Yannacone and Justin LeAndre were up first. Yannacone went out towards the back of his heat of the 800m, but was brought through at a good 400m split thanks to the fast pace. He followed his 53.5 second 400m with a 57.83 second effort to secure 3rd in his heat in 1:51.33. His time currently sits at 5th in Division III. LeAndre ran a tough 800m in the middle of the tight pack of racers and finished in 1:56.66.
Next on the track were Todd Ford and Kyle Kistinger, who competed in the 1500m. Ford also took advantage of a fast pacer in his heat, coming through 800m in 2:04 while sitting in towards the back of the field. He held steady and started to move with 500m to go. Ford finished in 3:49.97, setting a personal best and rocketing to 12th on the Division III NCAA qualifying list. Kistinger also set a personal best today. After going out a little slower than expected, he used his extra strength to speed up the back half of the race. He started to move up with 500m to go and finished with a crowded group in 3:54.70.
The sophomore duo of Liam Simpson and Griffin Colaizzi worked very well together in the 5000m. They stayed with each other through the first 1600 (4:44) and 3200 (9:29). In the final laps, the race seemed to take its toll and the two slowed the pace just a little. Colaizzi started to move away from Simpson, who made a late charge to close the gap and the two finished in personal bests. Colaizzi finished 5th in their heat (14:47.57) and Simpson finished 6th (14:48.56).
Bijan Mazaheri and Ben Decker wrapped up the evening in the 10000m. Mazaheri went out looking to set an NCAA qualifying time and did just that. He pressed through the back half of the race on his own and ran 29:40.46, good enough for 3rd in the current Division III standings. Decker also had to run a solo effort for his last couple of miles, but pressed on and finished in a personal best 31:22.98.
The Ephs will resume competition tomorrow at Springfield College at the Springfield College Classic.